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you back here tomorrow. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> bret: is president obama deliberating picking a fight over his national security team? this is special report. >> bret: good evening, i'm bret baier. president obama is filling out his national security roster with a pair of controversial nominees whose confirmation is anything but secure. brit hume looks at the record of former republican senator chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge
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of the day. >>> president obama plans to nominate chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. reaction is already pouring in, some positive, some not. we'll have much more on the story in a moment. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> parents in new york are on edge tonight waiting to hear if their children will have to find other ways to get to school tomorrow morning. the union representing the city's school bus drivers is threatening to strike in a dispute over job protection. they're concerned about a new bus contract that could mean some drivers would lose their jobs. if there is a walkout the city will provide some bus riders with free metro cards to ride public transit. in other cases, parents can apply for public transit refunds if they send their children to school by taxi. >>> league
the single biggest issue confronting america and its future. >> it looks like the second term of barack obama will be an in-your-face term. i won't talk to you about the debt ceiling and the secretary of defense will get a lot of bipartisan concern. >> we have live pictures of air force one landing here at andrews air force base. the obama family is returning to washington. mrs. obama and the girls have been in hawaii a couple of weeks. the president's gone back and forth between d.c. and hawaii because of the fiscal cliff battle. you heard senator graham talking about chuck hagel, what appears to be the nominee for defense secretary. congress has two months to fix the debt ceiling before the u.s. may have to default on its bills. so the president comes back from a nice vacation in hawaii, he comes back to big issues that they have to tackle. sequestration, the debt ceiling, spenning. he is enjoying his last few minutes here on the plane, taxiing and he will head back to the white house with his family. >> jamie: molly, thank you. >> can washington come up with a plan to raise the debt limit
with president obama's and having lost rice, he doesn't want to lose again and he's prepared to go through an arduous confirmation. if these really are president obama's own personal views on how to deal with israel, what to do about the iranian nuclear weapons program or what not to do about it, i think that's very, very troubling and a marker of what the next four years will look like. >> the one that seems of most concern to americans is chuck hagels former position, maybe president obama's position, on israel. >> right. i think hagel has said really remarkable things, things that i think frankly border on outright anti-semitism so that's going to be a major subject of his confirmation hearing. maybe we'll see what used to be called a confirmation conversion where he attempts to recant those statements. he's done that on another subject, his view of gays and lesbians in public life. he says he has changed his view. he certainly hadn't said anything on that until just before his apparent nomination. so whether he sticks by what he said publicly or whether he recants is going to make for
: president obama hawaiian vacation is about to end. he is set to depart several hours from now and waiting for him in washington a new tuesday well the g.o.p. over raising the debt ceiling. joining us now is wendall goler, hope you holding okay. talk to the president and what he is going to be greeted with. >> reporter: he a used his weekly address to warn republicans not to use the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling to try and force government spending cuts but even as former budget director say that republicans are more likely to have more leverage. the problem is the president sees it threatening to not paying bills could raise the cost of borrowing money and a genuine u.s. government default could trigger a global recession. >> congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, consequences could be catastrophic. last time coming threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. our families and businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. >> reporter: congressional budget office passed a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff
in defense of hagel, shannon. >> the senator toured the middle east with then candidate obama in 2008 a lot of people thought he was auditioning for a cabinet job back then. is he going to be able to count on republican votes. >> president allowed the cabinet he wants unless they're grossly unfit. but they'll surely remind the senate and public about the two purple hearts and other service medals he was awarded as an infantryman and president obama told meet the press last sunday that he sees nothing to disqualify hagel. >> i've served with chuck hagel, i know him. he is a patriot. he is somebody who's gone extraordinary work in the united states senate and served this country with valor in vietnam, and is somebody who's currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job. >> indeed, haigle's presence on the advisory board means he's had some input into the obama administration's decision making on national security issues. >> we mentioned across the aisle there are democratic lawmaker who also have problems with hagel partly because of the israel issues, but wh
and this time it's over raising the debt limit. sources are saying president obama will use campaign style tactics in his approach but even before the fight hits fever pitch, both sides are speaking past each other and they stake familiar ground between taxes and spending. >> we're talking about looking at the tax code, putting everything on the table from the standpoint of closing loopholes and we know we can do that. special subsidies for big oil, $38 billion right there. how much more revenue can we get as we go forward? >> the tax issue is finished, over, completed. that is behind us now. the question is what are we going to do about the real problem. we didn't have this problem because we weren't taxing enough. unfortunately because of the agreement that was reached, 99% of americans will not see their taxes go up. 5,000 small businesses will not see their taxes go up. president got trillion dollars less than what he wanted. >> jamie: molly henneberg joins us. molly, obviously it's going to be the next item on the agenda. the debt ceiling and spending. we hope, now that the president
for some of the toughest firmte firstterm decisions. this is obama's team. a lot different from gates, from even panetta and from clinton or petraeus. >>> all right, moving on. battle lines are set for a march budget showdown and the leading players appear to be doing their best to establish, i would argue, the low ground. remember, three deadlines coincide two months from now. setting up some form of triple jeopardy, if you will. the treasury department runs out of options to cover u.s. borrowing risking potential default. the whole debt ceiling business. the domestic and defense cuts postpone for two months by the fiscal cliff deal kick in. also known as sequester around these parts. of course, march 27th, the big the continuing resolution that funds the entire government expires. that may be where things truly heat up. mitch mcconnell drew a line in the sand saying though republicans are willing to work on tax reform as part of upcoming budget negotiations, new tax revenue is, "absolutely off the table." >> we've resolved the tax issue now. it's over, it's behind us. >> the tax issue is
for his role in the obama administration's drone warfare overseas. in his remarks at the time, brennan had said there was not a single collateral death in the previous year of drone attacks. his letter qualified his remarks by saying he had no information to the at the time. it has been revealed the u.s. a massacre at the time convict pakistani concerns directly to the highest levels of the obama white house. the concern centered around a march 2011 strike that killed 42 pakistani, most of them civilians. vice-president joe biden met with gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday as part of his task force on tackling gun violence in the united states. in a welcome message to his guests, biden vowed president obama would take meaningful action through executive order if need be. >> we are here today to deal with the problem that requires immediate action, urgent action. the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in a photo opportunity just ask you what your opinions are. we're reaching out to all parties on whatever side of this debate you fall. b
in washington. wolf. >> brooke, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama nominates chuck hagel to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> p
anticipated return of "downton abbey." >>> good evening. president obama is back from his vacation tonight and fresh off the fiscal showdown, he is already girding for what's expected to be the next political showdown. tonight, nbc news can confirm he will wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. at face value, the pick of a longtime republican lawmaker for the job could be seen as a rare act of bipartisanship in a sharply divided town. but tonight, opponents on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their claws for what could be a testy confirmation fight. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from washington now with more. hello, peter. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. with the fiscal cliff crisis barely in our rearview mirror, the white house's decision to pick chuck hagel as secretary of defense is likely to ignite a contentious confirmation battle. congress is out of session this week, but already, talk of the pick is generating stiff opposition. fresh off his hawaiian vacation, presiden
cut spending by a dollar that is the way to go forward. >> president obama insists he will not compromise raising the debt ceiling and said any future efforts to reduce the deficit must include a combination of higher revenues and spending cuts. joining me to talk about it jake sherman. senior editor for the new republic. noam wrote a book called "the escape artist." the president has declared that he will not negotiate over whether to raise the debt limit. why don't you believe him? >> well, i don't believe him for sort of practical reasons and partly for the history of his negotiating style. the practical reason is we have a couple of things coming up that he is clearly going to negotiate over, one of which is the sequester, the automatic spending cuts that they delayed for two months when they did the fiscal cliff deal. that is going to expire late february and early march. it is hard for them to say we are going to negotiate but don't call it a debt ceiling negotiation. we'll just call it a sequester negotiation. i think that is a difference without a distinction.
about a u.s. di diplt be openly gay. he has since apologized for that comment. president obama says he would be a perfect fit at the pentagon. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand as allies and as friends. as a successful businessman he know os even as we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> hagel would be the first enlisted soldier from the vietnam war to serve as secretary of defense. he earned two purple hearts and saved his wounded brother. some republicans are concerned hagel won't be enough of a defender of pentagon spending. >> the fact of the matter is i fear he is going to try to use senator hagel as a foil to pursue this hollowing out of the military that secretary panetta has raised concerns about by the draconian cuts and the is a questions teresa payton. >> hagel would be -- and the sequester. >> not as difficult ahead for john brennan. >> unlike tolikelikely to drawe criticism. if confirmed it would be a home coming. he was considered for the cia post in 2008 but wealth drew his name to avoid contentious questioning over the agenc
. sources tell cnn that president obama will announce that chuck hagel is his nominee for secretary of defense. hagel has his share of critics, even within his own party. we'll have more on his expected nomination a few moments away. >> president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy relief package. the first legislative action. some were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote on a much larger aid bill. sandy devastated parts of the northeast two months ago. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion aid package on january 15th. >> half of the residents of long beach, new york, remain homeless and still came out to say good-bye to a landmark. thousands witnessed the start of the demolition of the two-mile long brdwalk, damaged beyond repair by sandy. it will cost an estimated $25 million. the new bored walk should be ready in time for summer. >>> five men accused of brutally gang raping and killing a woman in india will appear in court. the five are charged with murder, rape and kidnapping the 23-year-old woman last month. they will appear in a fast-track court d
. >>> president obama prepares to officially start his second term in a few days. he is facing some major personnel shakeups. >> the president could name his choice for the next secretary of defense as early as today. here's abc's chuck sebritson. >> reporter: for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns from hawaii to a climate that is chilly in more ways than one. he has chosen former republican senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. hagel would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> president obama, for secretary of defense, chuck hagel is not a responsible option. even the top senate republican says he is reserving judgment. >> i am going to wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's views square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman. served incredibly in vietnam. served this country as the united states senator. >> reporter:
. obama may appoint mr. hagel to take a place at the pentagon. as almost score setting matter i almost hope he does. it would confirm a point i made earlier this column earlier this year, that mr. obama is not a friend of israel. >> you could hardly think of another leading contender for that position who would be, who would raise more eyebrows than chuck hagel when it comes to israel. you heard earlier jennifer griffin quoting the line about the jewish lobby, which is interesting because millions of americans who are christians and not jewish are also supporters of israel. there is the conflation between the jewish lobby and israel lobby which is very disturbing. there is broader record especially concerning iran would make anyone concerned for the security of is rainfall and the relationship between israel and the united states worried about his position as secretary of defense. jon: but this is a guy who served two terms in the senate. >> right. jon: he is a decorated vietnam veteran, a purple heart recipient. >> two purple hearts. jon: two purple hearts. why not put him in at the t
barack obama would be may have like bill clinton. once he lost big in the first off election year, 2010, he would come to the center. he didn't do that. and so now you see our house conference. i was just there yesterday. they are more focused than ever to engage in this fight, whether it's going to be during the debt limit debate that will come in two months or we have a c. o. debate, which the government is only funded through the end of march this year. so to fund the government for the rest of the year we will have another opportunity for a spending fight. but you have people that are now ready to engage in a way like never before to make sure we reform spendingave the country. >> we mentioned one of the things you did sponsor was a piece of legislation that says you will freeze the pay for members of congress. a lot of people would say bravo. if you don't reduce the deficit, maybe there ought to be a reduction in pay. everyone knew in washington you had this deadline and nobody seemed to get serious about it until about midnight on put 1st of december. >> simpson-bowles made a reco
obama signed into law the first of the sandy relief bills, to provide $9.7 billion in flood insurance funds to victims of super storm sandy. congress passed the bill on friday. the house has to vote on two other measures to provide $60 billion in aid. >> the second amendment -- it's about freedom. the first amendment's about freedom. the fourth amendment's about freedom i. have you bone the law and committed a violent act, should you be able to buy a semi-automatic handweapon. >> you shouldn't have a conceal and carry. >> if this is any indication of what lies ahead, it's going to be a problem. >> just a little taste of the spirited example we saw on fox news sunday. yeah, it really was. if you look at the guests, this morning, and the way they were going at each other over the debt ceiling debate and over spending versus raising revenue, it gives you a real indication of how the debate's going to go the next six to eight weeks. they both had strident positions and none seemed to want to budge. you talk to senator ted cruz who thinks there is too much compromise in washington. if neit
... could've had a v8. >> bret: timely tonight, we are getting ready for president obama's second inauguration, a big speech, a lot ofy moment and at times like this it's looking back at history. president obama took his ad-mile-an-hour ration for one former president to new heights. >> people have been asking me a lot about the film lincoln, and, you know,. >> is this your lincoln moment. >> well, no, look. a, i never compare myself to lincoln and b. [ laughter ] >> it's tough. it's just tough. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, the massacre at the movie theater. today court. chilling testimony. what brought officers on the stand to tears. plus, warring in washington. as the president named his picks for two key positions. nominees on the front line of our national security. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. >> shepard: former senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense and counter terrorism advisor john brennan for t
they are innocent. the former republican senator charles hegel is expected to be nominated by president obama as the next defense secretary. he has proven to be a controversial choice. >> he was a member of the u.s. senate before retiring in 2009. he spent the last three years advising president obama on key issues. on the iraq war he said there is no strategy. on the issue of iran's nuclear ambitions, how is it that we can have nuclear-weapons -- they cannot have nuclear-weapons but our allies can. he called for talks, and that raised a red flag, worried about how he could be in charge of a one-on-one military relationship between the u.s. and israel. president obama arrived back from hawaii, ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan pay. he is also looking for a fight. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the been gauzy situation. -- been gauzy -- benghazi situation. if you wish to vote against him, hats off to you. mitch mcconnell has been appearing on sunday broadcasts. agel comesen chuck hege up, he will be given tough but fair ques
journal senior correspondent talks about president obama's foreign policy agenda. "washington journal" is next. host: good morning. a live view of the u.s. capitol on this sunday morning. the president and first family returning midmorning following their vacation in hawaii. it was interrupted for the president as he returned to washington for the new year's holiday to deal with the fiscal cliff issues. it is sunday january 6. tomorrow we expect to have the president's nominee to replace lee on panetta as defense secretary chuck hagel one of a number of cabinet nominations the senate will take up including treasury and defense secretary and secretary of state. we heard treasury geithner will leave his position by the end of this month. the debate has renewed on sunday morning and around the country on gun violence. we want to ask you just what are the solutions? it is an issue the president says will be a top priority in the year ahead. our gone lines are open with the numbers on the screen. you can send us an e-mail at journal at or or cspanwj. another
't trigger mr. obama's comment. and then the question -- >> short of netanyahu's red line? >> that's the bigger question. the israeli tolerance is less than the american tolerance. if the iranians say 90% of the way towards a nuclear weapon, can we live with that? the united states? can the israelis live with that? that might depend in part on what the details are and what degree of inspections or transparency we have and what is the timeline between where they arrive at before they can actually have a nuclear weapon? do we feel we will have other opportunities to interrupt it? my hutch is that's going to be the big debate of 2013. what's so interesting about this, more than any other issue, this could be the one that affects not just the entire region, because it's already on edge for all the reasons that ian and anne-marie mentions. >> i think this president will be different than other presidents in terms of other presidents in terms of being willing to strike iran because this president came into office determined to move the world away from nuclear weapons. he came in with the
to demand. who blinks first? >> that's the key question. president obama has shown new toughness in his negotiations with congress since his re-election, coming off a stronger than expected victory, of course, and also feeling like he learned some lessons from past fights with the congress. he has said he will not negotiate around the debt ceiling. at the same time, republicans feel like they have much more leverage in this debate. they felt like they were kind of on the losing end of the last fiscal cliff fight with their position that could have caused some tax increases on everyone, including middle class americans. so they were in a tough spot. they feel like this is an issue where they have more public support. the issue that we need to cut spending and that we shouldn't just keep raising the debt ceiling. so those are the dynamics going into that fight. add into that that speaker boehner is in a somewhat weakened position coming out of a tighter than expected fight for him to be reelected speaker. he will be speaker again but had to overcome some dissension in his own ranks to get
tomorrow in washington. sources tell cnn that president obama is going to cross party lines and announce former republican senator chuck hagel as his nominee for defense secretary. but hagel has critics on capitol hill even among republicans. the question is his past views on several issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare p
for the accused gunman, juan goh says he has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. president obama today picked new men to fight the war on terror and to get u.s. forces out of afghanistan. he nominated former senator chuck hagel of nebraska, a republican, to be secretary of defense and homeland security advisor john brennan to be director of the centralen intelligence agency. the president had earlier nominated john kerry to be secretary of state. hagel faces at least some opposition by both democrats and fellow republicans. major garrett is at the white house for us major? >> reporter: scott, the president know there is a fight ahead but he's willing to wage in the part because he believes now is the time for a secretary of defense who knows what combat is like up close and what the wounded experience when the war t is over.ex not only did senator hagel volunteer for combat duty in vietnam, he was awarded two purple hearts. >> he'd be the first person ofe enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretarys who've been wounded in war and the first vietn
of some members of the obama administration. mcchrystal writes, this is quote, regardless how i judged the story for fairness or accuracy, responsibility was mine. general mcchrystal also suggests in this new book that michael hastings, that free-lance author of the article, may have been unworthy of his trust and transparency and he describes the plane ride back to d.c. on his way to offer his resignation to president obama after 34 years of service, by writing that he didn't call anyone for advice, he just got on the plane and that was that. something else mcchrystal chronicles in his book are the struggles he had with the white house while he was in charge in kabul. there were apparently major disagreement about how many troops should be sent to war, the beginning of the obama administration and mcchrystal rights that military leaders wanted 30,000, and the president approved 17,000 and 4,000 more added, but only after what sounds like, in this book, some very intense back and forth between the two sides about, with obviously different views how to do the insurgency, back to you in
. let me do that now. today president obama is expected to nominate former republican senator chuck hagel of nebraska as the next defense secretary. hagel, a decorated vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. his confirmation, however, is -- can you believe this -- shaping up to be a testy battle with the republicans. even though he is a republican. a number of republicans have suggested they will challenge their former colleague with tough questions on his foreign policy record. >> his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republican s in the senate. >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. i expect the president to nominate people different than
, president obama, the proposed to lower the top corporate racks rate to 25%. -- to 28%. it was a strong bipartisan effort in lowering the tax -- the corporate tax rate primarily because of reasons of international competitiveness. the united states is quite out of line with much of the rest of the world about what our tax rate is. on the other hand, we are also out of line on how generous our tax breaks are. what president obama has proposed in broad terms is a rolling back corporate tax breaks as a way to help pay for lowering the top rate. does -- it is something that dave camp and others have in congress have raised for their role is issues about how far we can go and rolling back tax breaks when companies and businesses know that what you are trying to do and different businesses have different opinions. the political discussion has primarily been a round revenue- neutral business or corporate tax reform in which rolling back the tax breaks would be a pay for to bring the top rate down. >> do you think there is a way we can do corporate reform in this environment? >> is extremely di
at the firestorm of criticism leveled against some of the front runners for high-level jobs in a second obama administration. >> former senator hagel hasn't been officially nominated to become the next secretary of defense but that hasn't stopped his critics from going to war against the possible picks. >> brown: and mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> bnsf railway. >> support also comes from carnegie corporation of new york, a foundation created to do what andrew carnegie called "real and permanent good." celebrating 100 years of philanthropy at >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and friends of the newshour. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: 2012 ended with another month of steady but unspectacular job growth. that was the main takeaway from today's numbers out of the labor de
in a second obama administration. >> former senator hagel hasn't been officially nominated to become the next secretary of defense but that hasn't stopped his critics from going to war against the possible picks. >> brown: and mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> bnsf railway. >> support also comes from carnegie corporation of new york, a foundation created to do what andrew carnegie called "real and permanent good." celebrating 100 years of philanthropy at >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and friends of the newshour. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: 2012 ended with another month of steady but unspectacular job growth. that was the main takeaway from today's numbers out of the labor department. the weeks of will they or won't they go over the fiscal cliff in washington had ra
that tomorrow, president obama will announce chuck hagel as his nominee to be defense secretary. the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero and served on capitol hill for more than a decade but his confirmation process isn't expected to be smooth. athena jones is at the white house and hagel, athena, has angered some lawmakers, many because of the positions he has taken up on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? >> reporter: well, that's right. even though this is a republican who served as nebraska senator for two terms, it sounds like a bipartisan choice but really, it's just going to be shaping had up to be another fight. one of the issues here that has angered the lgbt community is comments he made back in 1998 questioning a nominee for ambassadorship because that nominee was in his words, openly, aggressively gay p he has recently apologized for those remarks but these just a sampling. the big issues are -- more big issues on the foreign policy side. let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say about h
. we've learned that president obama will nominate chuck hagel to be defense secretary. that will happen tomorrow. the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero, he served on capitol hill for a decade. but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. hagel angered some lawmakers for supports talks with hamas. and supporting sanctions on iran. >> this is an controversial pick, he's an an ta tag nistic figure when it comes to iran. >> he would face tough questions about his opposition to the successful 2007 troop surge in iraq. >>> it's been two days since his plane vanished and the fate of vittorio missoni is still unknown. his priest plane left venezuela on friday, but never made it to caracas. so far, search crews have not spotted any signs of a crash. the missoni fashion house is known for its line of high-end knit wear. now to syria where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. cnn's mohammed jamjun joins us from syria. this was
obama says he's willing to consider spending cuts separately, but will not bargain over the government's bargaining authorities. >>> so syria now, where the president outlined a road map for peace today, as fighting in the country continued. the u.n. says more than 60,000 people have been killed since the crisis began march 2011. stephanie gosk has more. >> syrian president bashar al assad addressed his country for the first time since june. he's very rarely seen in public. he was greeted by a packed and boifterrous oust tore yum. he blamed the crisis in syria on terrorists, including al qaeda and the countries that continue to fund them. there was little to no mention of the syrians themselves and have picked up arms against the government. assad also proposed a new political initiative that would include a new government a new constitution, and amnesty. he said he would not go forward until the foreign funding of the rebels came to an ened. the european union responded quickly and said, no political solution could move forward until assad himself stepped down. the syrian president ma
this -- hilda solis is resigning. this at the time that president obama has picked jack lew to replace tim geithner as treasury secretary. whoever runs the jaret -- the treasury has a critical job. so far, 2013 has been marked by fighting over the fiscal could. but americans say they are looking for solutions, decisions. we have the ceo of accounting giant duch joining me from -- deloit joining me from new york. what would your message be to the new secretary, jack lew? >> my message to jack, as well as what novartis said to the president is to get on to -- what i have already said to the president is to get on with solving the fiscal cliff issue. there are some big deadline's coming up in march between sequestration and the budget resolution as well as the bigger issue around the debt ceiling. and then we need to get to the longer-term issues in terms of where america is going, and that starts with tax reform as well as immigration issues and infrastructure issues. >> i hear the same message from business people across the country. we need more certainty from washington if we're going to
washington. he plans to ask the obama administration to provide the afghan military with advanced high-tech weapons. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says the white house is determined to act quickly and decisively to stop gun violence. biden heads a task force set up by barack obama after last month's mass shooting at a connecticut elementary school. >> as the president said, if our actions result in only saving one life, they are worth taking. but i'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly. >> biden met with victims of gun violence and gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday. he emphasized that he would work with both sides of the debate to build a consensus on precisely which firearms restrictions are necessary. he said gun violence is a problem that requires immediate action. with americans starkly divided on the issue, biden is also scheduled to meet with pro-gun groups including the national rifle association on thursday. >>> people in south korea took part in a nationwide
in afghanistan at the time of his resignation. the article caught him criticizing president obama and vice president biden. the magazine stands by its reporting. >>> now to syria where president assad addressed his nation in a rare speech just moments ago since the embattled president's last address in june, tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. more than 60,000 people have been killed across the country and the new year looks to be ushering in the same bloodshed and violence. mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. if you can, break down what he had to say. >> good morning, randi. what we heard was a defiant reporting a lot of the same rhetoric that we heard from him when he's given speeches. rarely he has given them the last couple years but when he's given them or given interviews he disputed the notion that there was even a revolution going on in syria. he talked about how there was no fight in syria between the opposition and government forces, rather, it was between syria and its enemies. here's more of what he had to say speci
historic people to congress, but we have helped president barack obama, who has been so good for women across the country. it is so clear that this election was about women. women candidates, women donors. we heard a lot about women's issues. some in a way that i would prefer not to hear about. we heard about women voters who made those decisions. there was a lot of talk about the new democratic coalition of young people, hispanics, and women. i think that that is a great coalition. women are not just a voting bloc or a subset of the population. they are 51% of the population. last time that i checked, that was the majority. this last election, 55% of the women voted for president obama. there was an 18. gender gap. for every unmarried woman who voted for mitt romney, two voted for obama. women are going to make the decisions for the elections to come. they will decide to hold the power in this country. we know what is moving women voters. " we know how to expand the winning coalition to come. do not make a mistake of thinking that this is a one issue election. our research shows that
of the statement from president obama on the resignation of hilda solis as labor secretary. we have been covering a number of state of the state addresses. another one this evening, virginia gov. bob mcdonnell and his state of the commonwealth address. he announced a plan that would provide $3.10 billion in transportation funding, replacing the state gasoline tax with a sales tax increase. that is live in an hour-and-a- half. tonight, the 100th birthday anniversary gala taking place in washington for former president richard nixon. we will hear remarks from his daughters as well as former nixon administration secretary of state, henry kissinger. that will be live tonight at 8:30 p.m. eastern and over and c-span2. next, today's white house briefing with chick party who talked about the debt ceiling. he did not confirm news reports nomination for treasury secretary. earlier today from the white house. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. thank you for being here. i have an important personnel announcement to make. i am kidding. i will go to the ap. >> it has been widely reported that jack lew w
, and elsewhere. we were encouraged by president obama's 2012 campaign comments supporting and all of the above agenda on energy. and his statements outlining specific support for oil and natural gas production. we need more energy of all typ types. even if we dramatically expand renewable energy sources and increase our energy efficiency, fossil fuels will continue to have an important role to play. that only does natural gas have been increasingly important role in electricity generation, it provides the raw materials needed to manufacture wind turbines, solar panels. it is essential as a backup our do intermittent electricity sources. a future of abundant domestic energy is already being made real through today's oil and natural gas industry investmen investments. in cutting-edge technologies to access resources, previously thought unreachable. with unconventional resources to expected to produce the majority of america's energy, we may soon be calling them the very conventional. shale energy development has been a game changer for years in the economy, and even our environment. as increased
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